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Behavioral Theory in Management: Course Outline (BBA)

What role does the behavior of individuals, groups, and organizations play in management? How do behavioral factors affect the functioning of organizations? How do organizations affect people?

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Course Outline

  • Ways of Seeing Organizational Behavior
  • Personality and Individual Differences
  • Perception, Attribution, and Individual Decision-Making
  • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • Socialization
  • Motivation and reward systems
  • Job Design
  • Leadership values and style
  • Social networks
  • Power & Politics
  • Hubris & Humiliation
  • The Life of the Group
  • Group Decision-Making
  • Organizational Culture
  • Organizing Processes
  • Organizational Change
  • Organizations and Society

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course participants must be able to:

  1. Understand and explain theories about organizational behavior, including theories of personality, decision making, teamwork, employee motivation, power and influence, organizational culture, structure,change, and leadership;
  2. Develop skills in diagnosing organizational problems, interpreting behavior, identifying and applying relevant concepts and theories, analyzing strengths and weaknesses of theoretical models and explanations, and devising appropriate solutions;
  3. Gain experience in teamwork, reflect on the challenges and benefits of group work, and demonstrate skills for increasing group effectiveness;
  4. Develop and utilize skills in negotiating, analyzing, and persuading;
  5. Become clearer about your own values and priorities in understanding organizational dilemmas; and
  6. Become a more informed evaluator of organizations as a current or potential employee, manager, and owner.